JMAS.C-01 Presidential Files

Documents from [1935] to [1945]

Identity Statement

Reference Code
JMAS.C-01
Extent and Medium

n.5 files

Reference Archivists

Carr, Mary

Content and Structure

Abstract

Franklin D. Roosevelt was a man much admired by Jean Monnet. While their personal contact was limited, Roosevelt supported Monnet's position on the re-armament of Europe and the provision of aid, even though many in his "New Deal" administration were sceptical and leaned towards isolationism. Rooselvelt was enthusiatic about Monnet's and Ambassador Bullitt's plans for the building of aircraft factories in Canada to supply the French. By 1941 the US government was shifting its position in the face of Hitler's successes, towards the re-armament of Europe and also because Roosevelt had devised a way of providing aid to GB without arousing fears of direct American involvment in the conflict, that was by lending supplies for the duration of the war. Despite, Secretary of the Treasury, Morgenthau's suspicions of Monnet which he related to Roosevelt, the President never let this information affect his working relationship with Monnet. In 1943, Roosevelt agreed with Harry Hopkins, his Presidential aide's plan to send Monnet to Algiers, in order to get a better perspective on events there which gives an indication of Roosevelt's trust in the opinions of Monnet.

Allied Materials

Location of Originals

The originals are held in various Archives and Presidential Libraries in the USA

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